Travel guide

Islands of the Gods…

Indonesia is a vast country made up of many beautiful islands! It’s also a real mosaic of ethnic groups that make up its daily richness.

The deep, impenetrable jungles of Sumatra, with their orangutans, the volcanic reliefs of Java, Bali & Lombok, the sister islands of dreamy landscapes and terraced rice paddies, with their small islands of tranquillity known as the “Gili”, or Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi, protected from outside influences.

Whatever the case, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for, and you’ll always be warmly welcomed!

Time difference



Indonesian rupee


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

In Indonesia, the official language is Bahasa Indonesia, but English is also spoken.

  • Do you speak French/English? = Sudah bisa bahasa Perancis / bahasa Inggris?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand =Saya tidak mengerti
  • Sorry = Maaf
  • Goodbye = Selamat tinggal
  • Welcome = Selamat datang
  • Thank you (very much) = Terima kasih (banyak)
  • Excuse me/Please = Permisi
  • I am French = Saya Perancis
  • My name is… = Nama saya…
  • No thanks = Tidak terima kasih
  • Yes/No = Ya/Tidak
  • You’re welcome = Sama-sama

Key figures

Indonesia is at GMT+7, so there is an extra 05h00 time difference with France:

When it’s 12:00 in Java, it’s 07:00 in Honfleur

When it’s 3pm in Lyon, it’s 8pm in Lyon

Good to know

Type C and Type F electrical outlets


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A and B

Make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date; 

Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis ( ) may be recommended for stays in rural areas, as well as for rabies.

To cope with the sometimes very high cost of hospitalization and health care abroad, it is strongly recommended that you take out an assistance contract or a  insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, etc.) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Under no circumstances will these costs be covered by the local French embassy or consulate general.


Travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and blank pages for affixing the visa.

The passport must be in very good condition. Many French nationals have been refused entry to Indonesia because their passports were damaged (pages torn, cover in poor condition, etc.). They were then expelled and forced to return to France.

French nationals wishing to stay less than 30 days in Indonesia are exempt from visa requirements. A return ticket or other proof of leaving the country will be required by the Indonesian authorities. For French nationals benefiting from visa exemption, it is impossible to extend your stay beyond 30 days once you are in France.